Regret and Observation
(This is the last entry transferred from my short-lived Wix blog. It was originally written this morning)
Wow! I can’t believe it’s four days since the last post! I wish I could say it’s been a busy time, but it’s more related to internet issues here in China!
Anyway, let’s get down to it…
What I wanted to talk about today is an experience I had last Thursday as I was wandering the alleyways of Kecun. I saw a man and a young child outside one of the many hole-in-the-wall hairdressers (more literally hole-in-the-wall than many elsewhere). What struck me was that the child and the man were in very similar positions, so I quickly crouched down and snapped a shot. It was nothing amazing, but it wasn’t until I got home that I realised what a missed opportunity it had been.
Here’s the image:
But then rationality set in and I realised that this was not a problem, it was an opportunity. Rather than blaming myself for something not yet being second nature, I should take it as a way to improve. The incident had exposed a flaw in my way of seeing and photographic execution, but now being aware of the flaw gives me the chance to take action and deal with it.
I think many of us often ask ourselves how to “get good”. How do we take our art or expression to the next level? How do we grow and ensure we continue to move forward and develop? Here I had found a key answer to these questions. It’s in getting out there and making mistakes! Only by learning the lessons such mistakes and shortcomings bring can we truly expand ourselves and build on a surer foundation. There’s no point learning some advanced new techniques and buying better gear when there still exists some small flaws in fundamental approaches that can easily be addressed.